Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review: Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep Koley

You kill them, you bully them, tease them, touch them, down trodden them yet they are there to live and live with head held high. They are women. No less than men and not afraid anymore. Yes, they suffer yet someone out there always has a story to tell. To tell the world and men it's not only about you it's about us, together and forever. Complimenting the nature's balance. Author Soumyadeep Koley in his book "Her Resurrection" let a scarred soul be at helm and drive the reins of her life in the direction of her choosing. So how her choices and others collide and materialize? Let's find out. 

What is it like to be an unwanted girl-child in India? What is it like to be sexually harassed at a tender age of five? After being tricked and forced into prostitution, can such a woman fight back to emancipate herself from the unyielding shackles of that life, and intermingle with the ‘society?’ Or would she get lost in the sands of time like the ephemeral existence of a sand dune beset by a sandstorm?

So begins Maya’s story in the picturesque countryside of Maharashtra, where she grows up amidst cruelty and domestic violence, being an unwanted girl-child. Yet, like a lonesome beacon beset by sinister wilderness, she pursues her dreams of reaching the stars with her tiny wings. One night, a twist of fate triggers a series of incidents, when she loses everything she had—even her virginity. 
Severely traumatized after her father’s death, her mother’s imprisonment, and her own gang-rape, Maya finds herself all alone in the streets of Mumbai, with wolves lurking around for raw flesh. She’s weary, but not wary. She has no sense of the fate that awaits her. What follows, would change her life forever, as also yours, as her heart wrenching, yet inspiring story echoes through time.

Inspired by true stories of survivors and real life events, ‘Her Resurrection’ bravely paints an appalling picture of the society. Heartbreaking, hopeful and immensely healing at the same time, this emotional rollercoaster through dreams, tragedy and triumph is a moving tribute to womankind. Are you ready to embark on a transformation journey with Maya?

First look at the title and the cover and a reader's heart goes out for the poor soul. It hits hard when tears streaming down those eyes mean a world to some. The blurb pretty long for a book cuts out the task by highlighting the cruelty and violence administered on girls and women. To put the point across author has used a girl's story to present the hidden facts behind slavery and butchery. 

The story is of Maya who at a very young age is being brutalized and traumatized beyond her imagination. The age of playing dolls left far behind owing to an abusive father and a recluse mother. But she has a will to fight back. Fight she does but fatality is on course to curse her yet again when she comes of age. So how Maya will survive the ordeal or whether she will survive it not? Where will she find solace and what will keep her awake in the horror of darkness? Who will be with her and who will crush her to death? That's what the story is all about. 

It's an eye opener. To shed light on the adversities being faced by women in a society. It's a fight against the butchers. It is a narration of apathy and plight of women who suffer the ordeal sullen and swollen. Battered minds and beaten souls lay the foundation of the brutal encounters of a girl transforming into a woman not on her own whims and fancies but on the tunes of some cruel men. The story is not a story but it's a crusade against the ruptured system and glaring eyes which become judgmental rather than lending support to the helpless. It's a spirited comeback along with multiple roadblocks which really define a woman in modern day dilemma and an age old phenomena. 

The only part which doesn't fits the story appropriately is it let goes other characters without giving them a chance to express themselves. Multiple voices form the firm foundation of a strong rebellion but it  gets lost in the transition of Maya. 

All in all their is no us, no we, no he it's only she who leads from the front. Outcome far from known yet resilience keeps her drift. Adrift she is but teachings and experiences brings her back to reality. A reality far distant from the nuances of fiction. It's not an imagination, it is a presentation of the lack of sense and morality among few who continue to devour and destroy the very existence of women in the society. It's a trance to be in when her cries and smile are at stake. Be with her and get enthralled. 


4 OUT OF 5

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! Thanks so very much, Meghant Sir, for this wonderful, heartwarming review. I feel so exalted and honoured to receive such an exhaustive review from a renowned author and reviewer like you. You are the one who understood the inner meaning of the book, the words of my heart, the pain and the tears that had driven me into writing this book.

    I can never thank you enough, sir.